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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Apr. 30, 2018
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Trading Symbol EFII  
Entity Registrant Name ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000867374  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   44,720,720